The Van Wezel has been lovingly called the Purple Cow for many years; even stars refer to it as such. “When vacationing here as a child I never thought that I would play on the stage of the Purple Cow.”-said, Amy Grant- the last time that she was here with husband, Vince Gill.
Mary Bensel, Executive Director, and Julia Mays, Director of Marketing talk about the upcoming shows in March. Along with special guest Melodie Dickerson, Music Dep. Chair of the State College of Florida.
Man of La Mancha, the Broadway musical was written by Dale Wasserman, it is based on the 16th century novel Don Quixote written by Miguel de Cervantes. Previous to Man of La Mancha being written and performed, Don Quixote had been attempted at the theatre a number of times including; ballet, motion picture, play and opera, neither of them pertaining to the story that Wasserman discovered. Continue reading
Executive Director, Mary Bensel, and Marketing Director, Julia Mays talk about the upcomming shows. Special guest, Linda Gould of the Patterson Foundation joins us to talk about Military Access, the Legacy of Valor Campaign, and Patriot Plaza. Continue reading
Executive Director, Mary Bensel, and Marketing Director, Julia Mays talk about the upcomming shows. Special Guest Monica Slater Van Buskirk, President & CEO of the Van Wezel Foundation. Continue reading
From “I Got the Blues,” published in 1908 (the first published song to use the word blues), to the ”Blues Brothers;” from W.C. Handy, to George Gershwin; from Clarksville, Mississippi, to New York City; from the “turn of the century,” to contemporary Rock and Soul Music, “Blues” has been at the core of the social, artistic and economic development of American Music. The origins of the Blues are closely related to the religious music of the Afro-American community…the “spirituals.” This musical form dates back to the 1800′s and while in its many incarnations it still retains the core of its centuries old roots.
Mary Bensel, Executive Director, and Julia Mays, Director of Marketing & Development talk about the upcoming shows. Special Guest John Ganley, General Manager, Cosimos. Continue reading
Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins: The real life ”Million Dollar Quartet”, is unfortunately not available for any price. But, if you are at the VanWezel Performing Arts Hall on April 8, 2014, for one night only you will feel like you were present at the greatest recording session in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. Continue reading